Cannabis is emerging from the shadows of prohibition. Every week, there are advancements in many fields related to cannabis. Cannabis Reports will be re-capping the weekly events of the cannabis community and industry, so that you can stay up-to-date on the latest developments.

Happy Earth Day and a Belated 420

What a week for the world of cannabis. Today is Earth Day, and once again, cannabis is highlighting all of the ways it can positively influence environmental factors. Check out our most recent Earth Day blog to learn more about cannabis and the future of our planet.

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Also, last Wednesday was the largest unofficial holiday in America: 420! The Cannabis Reports team decided to break from our tradition of attending the festivities at hippie hill. You can read all about our trip to the cannabis exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California (as well as our afternoon boat excursion) in the Cannabis Reports 420 blog.

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DEA and FDA Green Light Cannabis Study for Veterans with PTSD

The times they are a-changin’ alright. After sixteen months, the DEA and FDA have approved of Dr. Sue Sisley’s proposed study of cannabis on veterans with PTSD. The study received a $2 million grant from the state of Colorado late in 2014.

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With the green light to begin conducting research, Dr. Sisley and her team will begin examining the 76 veterans evenly between Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD and Dr. Sisley’s facilities in Phoenix, AZ. The study is also sponsored by MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies).

Pennsylvania Becomes the 24th State to Adopt a Medical Cannabis Program

Governor Tom Wolf signed the Medical Marijuana Act last Sunday after the proposed bill was approved by the state’s Senate late last week. The bill goes into effect in 30 days, although it could take nearly a year for the program to finally be able to provide access to Pennsylvanians.

Canada Plans to Legalize Cannabis in 2017

Canada’s health minister Jane Philpott announced at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs that Canada will have cannabis legislation ready by the early 2017.

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Canada’s Health Minister Jane Philpott

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s newly-elected Prime Minister ran for office on a platform that suggested rapid shifts in cannabis laws. While early 2017 is not as quick as many cannabis activist would have liked, Canada does stand to become the first major Western country to implement nationwide changes to cannabis policy.

UN Discusses International Drug Policy in NYC

The United Nations held their General Assembly Special Session on international drug policy in New York City this week. Many political and social icons addressed the assembly, with speeches addressing the need for world powers to rethink punishments and support programs for drugs.

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Cannabis is one of the hot topics for the UNGASS members due to increased clinical research and global states already ignoring the UN Single Convention by implementing medical cannabis programs.

Upcoming Cannabis Events

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SweetWater 420 Fest – (Atlanta, GA: April 22-24)

SweetWater 420 Fest blends music, entertainment, art and culture, all while respecting Mother Earth and has grown and evolved each and every year since 2004. Yes, 12 years ago this baby was born, at SweetWater Brewery as a small celebration and has evolved to the weekend-long, jam-packed Fest you know and love today at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park.

National Cannabis Festival – (Washington, D.C.: April 23)

More than just a festival, NCF is a chance to connect with members of the cannabis community and industry from across the country while enjoying a full day of music, games, delicious food and drink.

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Boise Hempfest – (Boise, ID: April 23)

The first Boise Hempfest is a family friendly cannabis education event.

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Cannabis Film Festival – (Garberville, CA: April 23-24)

Due to many state legal statute revisions and imminent Federal perceptive shift, the cannabis scene is full of endless potential just waiting to be explored – the chosen avenue for this exploration is awareness raising through film.

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Oregon Marijuana Business Conference (OMBC) – (Eugene, OR: April 24)

The Oregon Marijuana Business Conference (OMBC) is the most well-known cannabis industry conference in Oregon. Formerly the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, the OMBC combines business, politics, activism and culture.

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The Lost Art of Hashishin Work Shop – (Portland, OR: April 24)

The primary goal of Frenchy Cannoli’s work is to promote appreciation of traditional hashish as it is made in producing countries. Come spend a day with Frenchy learning the ancient art of sieving. Frenchy provides a live demo with in-depth commentary on all aspects of the actual process.

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NCIA Quarterly Cannabis Caucus (Various Locations)

Each Cannabis Caucus is free of charge for current NCIA member and includes: an in-depth federal policy update from senior NCIA staff or staff from a district congressional office, a comprehensive state and local policy update from a local elected offical or member of NCIA, an informational packet filled with detailed legislative analysis and recent federal policy developments, an organization update so you can keep up to date with what NCIA is doing for you, the opportunity to network with the leaders in the cannabis industry:

Southern California Quarterly Caucus – (Los Angeles, CA: April 26)

Washington Quarterly Cannabis Caucus – (Seattle, WA: April 28)

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Green Rush Job Fair – (San Francisco, CA: April 30)

Cannabis is America’s fastest growing industry. With legalization spreading like wildfire and billions of dollars to be made, cannabis is the business you need to be in. Every sector of the Cannabis industry will be represented, from cultivators to customer service, manufacturing to marketing, graphic design to genetics, security systems to social media.

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MardiGrass – (Nimbi, Australia: April 30-May1)

The MardiGrass Mission: To bring about change by the most entertaining means possible.

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